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"news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. a developing story out of libya after a film criticizing islam sparks a deadly attack on americans. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang on this tuesday, september 12th, 2012. we're going to take a live look outside. 5:00 a.m., 62 degrees. wonder if aaron turned the heat on in his car, wonder if people have their seat warmers on. i'm liking it. 62 is the warm spot. it's about ten degrees colder than that just a few miles away from downtown washington. right now around the region under a clear sky, we have temperatures in the nearby suburbs and prince george's county into the mid to low 50s. right now much of montgomery county is only near 50 degrees as well as much of fairfax county. arlington right now in the mid-50s.
reagan national at 60 degrees. other temperatures farther away from washington, farther west and north, as usual, shenandoah wa valley into the mountains. southern maryland, only near 50 degrees most locations as well as the northern neck. right near the bay waters, mid-50s to near 60. hour by hour, 6:00 a.m., low 50s. still a chill in the air. sunrise at 6:47. a gorgeous day coming up for our lunch hour. highs near 80 by 3:00 p.m. when children are coming home from school andette going back to work by late afternoon. i'm back with a hometown forecast in ten minutes. first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning, danella. >> good morning, tom. checking the roadways for you. things still look pretty good. traveling bw parkway between the baltimore beltway and the capitol beltway, travel lanes are open, even considering on 225 as you make your commute through southeast. no issues to report. travel lanes are open.
traveling on 50 in maryland, past east-west highway, no major issues here as you make your way traveling westbound in the city as well as towards eastbound towards the bay bridge, your travel lanes are open. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. breaking news in northeast washington. right now police are investigating a stabbing there. let's check in with melissa mollet with more on what we know. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to both of you. right now investigators are still on the scene. they've been out here since 3:30 this morning. at this point, they don't have much to go on because the victim in this case is not talking. here's what we know. we know that around 3:30 this morning, someone placed a call to 911 for an aggravated assault that happened right here. we understand this adult male was found on the steps in front of the lincoln road apartments. police tell news 4 he had multiple stab wounds to his chest. he is not telling investigators anything as they do not have suspect information about what
happened. if you look across the street to the left, you can see police still out here blocking off this one section of lincoln as they look for blood as well as a weapon and try to determine exactly what happened here a couple of hours ago. we're told the man was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. back to you. >> melissa mollet, thank you. following a developing story out of the middle east for you this morning, protests over a film critical of the muslim prophet muhammad are turning deadly. secretary of state hillary clinton is confirming demonstrators killed a state department worker at the u.s. consulate in the libyan city of benghazi. clinton calling on libya's president now to help protect americans in this country. she says the u.s. is also working with governments in other countries to protect americans abroad. protests also erupting in egypt. take a look. this is the u.s. embassy in cry row. demonstrators scaled walls and tore down the u.s. flag there.
most of the officials had left the compound, having been warned of this protest. this film was made by a california man. later it was dubbed in arabic and posted on youtube. more than 190 people are dead in pakistan's two biggest cities after fires broke out in two factories. the largest fire is at a garment factory in karachi. crews are still trying to put out the flames there. firefighters say many of the 166 who died were trapped in a basement. 25 others are dead in a shoe factory in lahore. many in pakistan's factories lack basic safety equipment like fire exteinguishers or sprinkle systems. someone shot a 16-year-old boy in the district. it happened just after 1:00 on 37th street in southwest washington. the victim was shot in the stomach. he was taken to howard university hospital in serious but stable condition. so far police have not made any arrests in the case. new this morning, police officers in bethesda rescued
several animals after an elderly woman was found dead. that woman was found just before midnight inside her corsica drive home. police say she died of natural causes. her name has not been released. officers say they found ten small dogs in that home. three of the an l mas did not survive. the other seven were taken to an emergency vet for care. they will be available for adoption as soon as they're healthy enough. patricia cook was killed by a culpeper police officer in a high profile shooting earlier this year. now her husband has been found dead. 62-year-old gary cook was found by a maintenance worker inside his culpeper apartment yesterday. sources tell news 4 cook may have been dead for several days. in february his wife patricia was killed by a culpeper officer. that officer has since been fired and now faces murder charges. cook had also filed a multimillion dollar wrongful death suit. state police say there are no signs of foul play in cook's death. you can expect to see more of mitt romney as election day
approaches. the republican presidential nominee is adding a campaign event today in florida. he was only expected to hold a private fund-raiser there. romney also scrapped his plans to take this upcoming weekend off at his beach house in san diego. his aides say he'll spend the weekend campaigning instead. romney tomorrow will be in our area. he'll hold a rally in fairfax. today president obama will be in nevada a day after mitt romney was there. the president will hold a rally in las vegas this evening. nevada is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested states this election year. a poll shows romney and obama essentially tied in the silver state. romney spoke at the national guard convention in reno yesterday. major credit agency moody's is warning it may downgrade the u.s. credit rating if the government fails to avoid the fiscal cliff at the epd of the year. that's the expiration of the bush tax cuts plus tax increases and spending cuts that will automatically take place as part of a deal to raise the debt
ceiling. lower ratings means the government may have to pay higher interest rates on some of its $16 trillion debt. on wall street investors are hoping for another day like yesterday. the dow closed at a five-year high. it ended the day at 13,323. that's its highest closing level since december of 2007. expectations on europe's financial crisis at a federal reserve meeting gave stocks a boost. right now u.s. futures are up. 507 is our time right now. getting tough on those who lie about their military service. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient.
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i'm checking things out right now. travel lanes are open. here's a live look past the rest area. volume starting to increase just a bit, but no major delays just yet. you're clear as you head to the beltway. travel speed from fairfax county parkway driving to the beltway, you're at 62 miles an hour. looking like an 11-minute drive. inside the beltway on i-66, in issues there. here's a live look at east falls church metro station. 57 miles per hour from the beltway to gw parkway right now. that drive taking 11 minutes. checking on your rails, they're open and not reporting delays on the metro, marc, or vre. all running on our close to schedule. 5:12 is your time. 63 degrees. new proof you may want to cut back on all that time you spend at the office. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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the people will drop everything today to watch the unveiling of the latest iphone. it's being touted as one of the biggest consumer electronic releases of all time. nbc's jay gray live in san francisco with more on what we can expect today. hey, jay. >> good morning, aaron. it will whiten your teeth, help you lose weight. it will do just about -- no. it will do a lot, apparently. people have been waiting for this iphone 5 for a long time.
the unveiling is expected in just a few hours in san francisco. it's supposed to be thinner, a bigger screen, faster processor, everything you want from a new iphone and so much more. in fact, there are such expectations that some financial analysts even say sales of this new phone could move the gross domestic product of our country by a quarter to a half of a percentage point. those are awfully big shoes to fill. let's just stick with the technical side for the time being. that's making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. it will be different than ever before, according to apple, and we will find out much more in just a few hours. aaron, that's the latest live here in san francisco. now back to you. >> a lot of people looking forward to that. thank you, jay. >> if it could only fold laundry, that would be good. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is speaking publicly for the first time since the poor public offering. he appeared at a technology
conference yesterday. and facebook's stock, which has lost half of its value since debuting in may was the hot topic. zuckerberg says it's cell phone users that will determine the company's long-term success. >> we're going to do the things that we think are going to build value over the long term. you know, over the next three to five years, i think the biggest question that is on everyone's minds that will determine, at least our performance over that period, is really going to be how well we do with mobile. >> zuckerberg did admit the tanking stock price has not helped employee morale, but he feels it's a good time to join his company nevertheless. a whistleblower is getting a big payoff for helping the internal revenue service. the irs giving a former swiss banker $104 million for helping to bring in tax cheats. bradley brinkenfeld told the government what went on in ubs
bank's wealth management division. he served two years in prison for helping clients hide their money overseas. he is now on house arrest. the chicago teachers union strike begins its third day with no end in sight. they marched from the union headquarters to the chicago board of trait. union leaders will meet this morning to review the district's new comprehensive proposal. the union has agreed to just 6 of the 49 articles in the current contract. one of the main sticking points, teacher evaluations linked to standardized test results for students. the white house says the u.s. and israel are united in their efforts to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu say they've agreed to work together going forward. netanyahu has urged the u.s. to figure out what it would take to trigger a nuclear strike against iranian nuclear facilities. the obama administration has refused. a new bill will be passed to
make it illegal to lie about your military service. the house is expected to vote on the stolen valor act. it would make it a crime to lie about military service to earn property or anything of value. this is slightly different than the original stolen valor act which the supreme court struck down six years ago. the judges found it violated the first amendment. the president welcomed the first applicants to the child arrival program. they're allowed to get work permits and avoid deportation for at least two years. it applies to immigrants who came to the u.s. before the age of 16. to qualify they have to be under the age of 30 and have lived here at least five years. the agency received 72,000 applications so far. a car chase came to a striking end in florida. the car trying to get away swerved into the guard rail and rammed another car as it was
trying to exit i-95 in ft. lauderdale. the car slammed to a stop. three suspects jumped out and tried to make a rupp fn for it. all three taken into custody, a teenager and two men among them. police believe they're connected to several burglaries yesterday in miami-dade county. in las vegas officials will clean up from severe thunderstorms that caused flash flooding. the rushing water damaged about 45 homes. officials in clark county knocked on doors, suggesting residents leave as a precaution. so far no serious injuries have been reporting. the heavy rain caused delays in and out of the las vegas airport as well. everything is expected to be back to normal today. this morning people in canada cleaning up from tropical storm leslie. swift winds and heavy rains knocked out power to thousands in st. john's and newfoundland. the storm ripped off roofs from buildings and downed trees. it also forced the airlines to cancel flights at the island's main airport. no word on injuries so far.
at 5:21, here's what you'll have to deal with. storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein. >> no wind here. another clear, chilly, waum morniwarm morning. that's a live view from the city camera. jefferson memorial. washington monument under a clear sky. orrion constellation under a clear sky. we've got the autumn constellations showing up, and it's feeling like autumn. down to the low 50s in prince george's county and just near 50 parts of montgomery county and fairfax. arlington county, now the mid-50s. near 60 in washington. other temperatures where you see these little specks of blue, it's down into the 40s in parts of the rural areas of maryland and virginia, including southern maryland, shenandoah wa mountains, and near the bay at 60. storm team 4 forecast, low humidity, highs around 80 degrees. and the average high this time of year is 81. going to be near the average highs but cooler than the average lows each morning as we
get in toward the weekend. tomorrow morning down to the mid-50s under a clear sky. tomorrow low humidity with highs near 80. then on friday, another spectacular september day with highs reaching the low 80s during the afternoon and partly cloudy. right now looking better for the weekend than it did the last couple of days. only a slight chance of a shower maybe on friday evening. otherwise, another area of high pressure pushing in, giving us more dry weather saturday and sunday. next chance of rain maybe on tuesday. i'm back in ten minutes. your first 4 traffic now with danella. >> good morning, tom. traveling the beltway in virginia, overnight road work. right now not seeing any cones remaining on the road. looks like your travel lanes are open. let's check things out on the dulles toll road. not seeing any issues as you make your way eastbound and westbound. as you head from hunter mill road to the beltway, you're at 61 miles an hour. that drive taking you 16
minutes. if you're traveling from the dulles toll road to the interchange, travel lanes open in both directions. travel speed on the outer loop about 65 miles per hour. that drive taking you about 13 minutes. i am seeing delays on i-270. we'll discuss exactly where in ten minutes. >> thank you, danella. 5:24. a new study could change the treatment for millions of asthma patients. researchers found patients with mild asthma who used steroids only when symptoms occurred managed their disease just as well as those taking the daily doses. there was no significant difference in lung function, number of asthma attacks, or days missed from work or school. asthma patients are usually prescribed a twice daily dose of steroids, a costly treatment that may have long-term side effects. in news for your health, the substance called fish oil may not have significant benefit when it comes to heart health. a study shows that fish oil
causdoes no more harm than good. but it did find that they suffered 9% less heart attacks. the supplements are a source of omega-3 fatty acid, which is known to be good for the heart. you may want to cut down on overtime. studies show working more than eight hours a day raises the risk of heart disease by 80%. researchers found long work hours could result in heart attacks and strokes. finnish researchers looked at 12 studies dating back as far as 1958. today one of the greatest golfers of all time will be honored by congress. arnold palmer will be recognized for his civic activity and contributions to the game of golf. congressional leaders will award palmer with the congressional gold medal, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. the nationals' lead is now 7 1/2 games. >> he throws him a change-up to strike him out, ending the game.
>> nats beat the mets 5-3 last night. bryce harper had four hits in that game. the second place braves also lost again last night to the milwaukee brewers. that helps the nats extend their division lead. the nationals will look to sweep the mets tonight. the redskins will have a new player snapping the ball on punts and field goals on sunday. the team signed long snapper justin snow. he'll replace burr who broke his arm in the game on snanunday. he remained in the game and continued to hold punts. how about that nick sunberg? that's one tough dude. dedication to the game. coming up, we continue to track developing stories out of libya following a deadly attacks on americans. what's being blamed for that violence. plus a safety concern that has a local police department taking a closer look at its squad cars.
making headlines, at 5:29, the death toll is climbing in libya this morning after an attack on americans. police rescue several animals in bethesda after an elderly woman is found dead. >> and after all the hype, we should get our first look at apple's iphone today. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news 4 today" on this wednesday, september 12th. 5:30 on this wednesday morning, still looking at cool temperatures to start the morning off. things will warm up nicely, not too much. >> and it's not a dream. it's real. it's actually happening here in early september. a wonderful break from our usual high humidity. as we get going with clear skies. take a look around the region. high pressure affecting the weather around much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. it is now beginning to drift off to the east.
we're still being influenced by it. under a clear sky. near 60 in washington and right by the bay. later today, hour by hour, by 6:00 a.m. still in the 50s and chilly under a clear sky. sunrise at 6:47 for your lunch hour into the mid-70s. alfresco. we'll have low humidity during the afternoon with lots of sunshine, near 80 by 3:00 or 4:00 and students coming home from school. back home from work by late afternoon. the upper 70s. sunset at 7:20. i'm back with the hometown forecast in ten minutes. right now a look at your first 4 traffic with danella. good morning. >> many ggood morning, tom. checking the area, not seeing any reports of accidents. not seeing any delays, especially if you're traveling on i-270 heading southbound past 109, starting to hit the brakes in this area as you continue southbound. i'll give you a live look as you make your way past germantown. it's better as far as no major delays. your volume is increasing. again, you can see spacing
between the cars. you're not sluggish. i want you to know, if you're traveling past germantown road, you are going to start to see your volume pick up. as far as heading to the beltway, you are totally clear in that area. eun and aaron, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. we're following breaking news out of libya. reuters is reporting that the u.s. ambassador to libya has been killed. you see his photo here. this is jay christopher stevens. we're hearing three other embassy members were reportedly killed yesterday in a rocket attack in the city of benghazi. nbc news working to confirm the reports come frg roing from reu. ambassador stevens had been there since may. secretary of state hillary clinton said a state department employee had been killed in libya late last night. this is all over protests against a film critical of prophet muhammad. this is the u.s. embassy in cairo now. demonstrators scaled the walls and tore down the american flag.
most of the staff there had left the compound earlier after being warned of the coming protest. the protests were sparked by the film made by a california man. someone dubbed the film in arabic and posted clips on youtube. president obama and mitt romney took a break from their vicious attacks on each other yesterday in honor of 9/11. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill now with more on what's happening today. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: eun, good morning. today president obama heads to lf las vegas, envelope neve, right after mitt romney was there yesterday. double appearances underscoring the importance of that state. we saw president obama here in a non-political, non-campaign appearance at the white house and also at the pentagon, where he was doing 9/11 memorials. he has been campaigning both before, and, of course, will continue to campaign after that. yesterday mitt romney did what he called a nonpolitical speech to the national guard association meeting in reno, their convention there.
in that speech, he did talk about some things going on here in washington. he said that about $50 billion in defense cuts that are going to kick in automatically in january if congress doesn't act would devastate the pentagon. he also talked about moving out of afghanistan by 2014, something that he had criticized that time line when president obama proposed it. he said that we need to make a successful transition out of afghanistan. today we will see the candidates and their surrogates on the campaign trail not only in nevada but also in florida and ohio and colorado. all battleground states. eun? ? >> tracie potts live on capitol hill for us. tracie, thank you. the first lady will visit virginia tomorrow. the first lady will speak to her husband's supporters in richmond before heading to fredericksburg. she'll give a speech at the university of mary washington. mitt romney's wife ann romney will speak in leesburg tomorrow.
two men broke into a man's home on del mar drive about 9:00 last night. they stabbed the homeowner and took his white 1990s model buick regal. the victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital. his condition unknown right now. police say they do not believe the incident is random and that the men responsible may still be driving that buick. baltimore county police say an eighth grade student who brought a gun to school, pointed the weapon at his teacher, students, and himself before being retrained. the school in essex was put in lockdown as a precaution. no one was hurt. this comes two weeks after a perry hall student shot another boy in the cafeteria. the victim in that shooting, daniel bo daniel bowery was released from the hospital on monday. this morning a mother wants to know who shot and killed her son as he walked to school in prince george's county. someone shot marckel ross
yesterday morning on old central avenue in capitol heights as he walked to central high school. he was a junior. his mother tells news 4 a group of boys bullied her son last year. she said the bullying became so intense she took her complaints all the way to the board of education. despite that, her son made good grades. >> every quarter last year. and we had been talking about him going to college, and i told him i also would like to see him go in the reserves. i'm not going to rest until i find out who killed my son and why. >> prince george's county is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. apparently, thieves took advantage of the power outages after the storm in prince george's county. police say business owners reported several break-ins on saturday. the owner of this shell gas station in clinton tells news 4 thieves targeted his business. crooks reportedly stole copper pipes, damaging the ac unit there, which will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. he also says security cameras
were not working because of the power outage. >> this morning nearly 200 police cruisers are off the streets in montgomery kwoint. that's because the crown victorias are being inspectsed to check out a possible steering problem. there have been two cases where steering failed in a car, neither resulting in crash or injury. crown victorias make up a third of the county's fleet. inspectors already cleared 100 of those cars. they expect to complete inspections by saturdayme. still to come, the controversial actions of one american university professor made during class that has students talking this morning. plus the payoff for a bus monitor who made national headlines after being bullied. [ male announcer ] new unisom natural nights.
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30,000 people around the world, millions watched this video online of her being bullied to tears by the boys on that bus earlier this year. the 68-year-old grandmother has started a new career as an anti-bullying activist. >> she can go on several luxury vacations, but she has committed to using that money. >> donating some of that money as well. >> especially her commitment to the anti-bullying issue. 5:41. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with our gorgeous fall-lirbg forecast. there's capitol hill under a clear sky. at 5:41, it's only near 50 degrees throughout much of the region in the suburbs and rural areas. right in washington near the bay, near 60. hometown forecast, mitchellville in prince george's county. by 7:30 mid-50s under a bright and sunny sky. climbing 20 degrees by noontime in the mid-70s about bright sunshine. hour by hour throughout the region, we'll be climbing to near 80 degrees by midafternoon.
low humidity, bright sun. seven-day outlook at 5:51. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. >> good morning, tom. right now i'm tracking breaking news on the road. i-95 approaching prince william parkway. fire department is on the scene of a brush fire in that area, and they are blocking the right lane. you can see the firefighters right here with the hose out actively fighting the brush fire. again, as you make your way northbound on i-95, you're going to see delays growing in that area. your right lane is blocked, and that's as you approach prince william parkway. on the rails, a minor delay. brunswick east 890 looking at a seven minute delay. 5:42. 62 degrees. straight ahead, the crime that is putting a d.c. council member at a disadvantage for the upcoming election. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
welcome back. 5:45. a campus controversy at american university. an assistant professor is under fire after breast-feeding her baby during class. the incident happened two weeks ago during the first day of sex, gender, and culture class. professor adrienne pine brought her infant daughter to class and breast fed without covering up in front of 40 students. after the incident, the student newspaper contacted professor pine, and she said she couldn't take her daughter to daycare because she was sick and canceling class didn't seem like an option. >> i felt rather uncomfortable in that class, and i don't go to class to feel uncomfortable. >> i think women should be able to breast-feed in public because it's not unnatural and not something we should be ashamed of. >> the school issued a statement that said, "au does not have a
policy that specifically addressed breast-feeding. the school is governed by federal and d.c. law which does not prohibit or allow breast-feeding in certain environments." the discussion continues online on our facebook page. a temple hills man is behind bars this morning. he was arrested moments after allegedly robbing a bank. 38-year-old troy maddox walked into the m&t bank on kirby road in clinton just before 9:00. he passed a note to the teller demanding cash and took off on his bicycle. police say, once they caught up with him, they had to taser him to subdue him. max was taken into the hospital and released into police custody. steep sentences were handed down in the south capitol street mass shooting. five people were killed and nine injured in the march 2010 shooting. three of the men convicted received life in prison without the chance of parole. another will serve 54 years. and the man who supplied the weapons will spend the next 30 years behind bars.
>> are you satisfied with the sentence? >> not really, but to know that three of them will never have a chance to be on the street again and the other two will be very old when they do have a chance to come on the streets. >> prosecutors say all of the attacks stemmed from an argument over a missing fake diamond bracelet. d.c. councilman michael brown is dealing with corruption within his own re-election campaign. the at large member says someone stole more than $100,000 from his campaign fund. brown says he found out about the theft in june and fired his campaign treasurer. he hasn't said who the accused thief is and says he's trusted that person for years. >> the person who embezzled from the campaign is someone who had been working for me for more than half a decade. it's someone that i have extreme confidence in as well as many members of elected officials not just here in the district of columbia, but in this region who had person had worked for. >> police have not filed charges in the case, but brown says he
wants the person responsible to be prosecuted. hundreds packed the baltimore hebrew congregation to pay their final respects to ravens owner art mow bell. ray lewis, ray rice and several about ravens were present there. modell is credited by building the nfl's influence by helping to found monday night football. he is greatly criticized in cleveland for moving the browns to baltimore. a series of cheese products is under recall this morning after three maryland residents were hospitalized with listeria. forever choose is recalling their ricotta salata cheese with lot number t9425 and a production code of 441202. the maryland department of health is telling residents to avoid the cheese or products made with it and avoid surfaces like cutting boards that may have come in contact with the cheese. a lawsuit over church signs could lead to billboard rules in
fairfax county. this is the electronic billboard at the center of the dispute. the vienna church received a violation notice because the sign flashes three messages a day instead of county's limit of two. the board of supervisors recommending the zoning department update the 20-year-old ordinance. >> we need to do something about the ordinance, it was outdated, needs to be modernized. it needs to reflect changing technology, the way people are messaging. >> the board of supervisors says it's working to strike a balance between electronic messaging and people who oppose the signs. the violation notice against the church has been dropped. after nearly two years of construction, the white house big dig is finally'wraing up, b -- whapirapping up? nobody knows. they say it's a utilities upgrade, but reporters saw a multistory structure with truckloads of heavy concrete and steel beams. the dig is the first phase of a
$376 million, four-year project. the gsa will not say when the second phase will begin. coming up on 5:51 on this wednesday morning. had to think about that for a second. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here. we're still looking at temperatures in the 60s. those of us in the warmer space are in the 60s. >> with the similar weather, the days all kind of run together. >> we'll take it. >> another day a lot like yesterday. this was a photo sent in by one of our viewers from the ashburn, virginia area. this was the sunset last evening. they caught a cotton candy cloud right after sunset. accepted your photos to weather@nbcwas firstname.lastname@example.org. there's the sky over washington, just the first faint light of dawn over capitol hill. 60 at reagan national. dewpoint is comfortably dry at 52 with a very gentle wind. under this clear sky, a crescent moon, venus and jupiter in the eastern sky. the orion constellation visible
this morning. right now these patches of blue are in the 40s our northern suburbs, shenandoah valley, western maryland. as well as southern maryland in the upper 40s right now to near 50 degrees. and for your morning commute by 7:00 a.m., we'll be into the upper 50s to near 60s. we're going to have a bit of a warmup, but it will rapidly warm with the strong sun for your lunch hour. we'll be low to mid-70s by midday and middle of the afternoon. we'll be climbing to near 80 degrees. and then coming back home from work, back down to the 70s under a clear sky, lots of sun overnight tonight. afternoon highs near 80. lots of sun again tomorrow with low humidity. we'll keep it going on friday too. does look like another area of high pressure pushing in late friday night and being in place over the weekend. as it does push in, it might
trigger a shower friday evening is the way it looks right now. right now the weekend looking dry. partly cloudy saturday, sunday, with highs near 80, morning lows near 60. chance of rain may be on tuesday. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. a look at your first 4 traffic with danella. >> good morning. thank you, tom. i'm keeping an eye on i-95 northbound. there's a brush fire as you make your way past prince william parkway. right lane is blocked by the fire department as well as police on the scene. need to talk about delays now. if you're traveling northbound i-95 from passing the rest area out of dale city, that's where you're heavy on the brakes. i know it's difficult to see. here are the hov lanes nice and clear. as you make your way again northbound jammed at this point because, again, it's a brush fire. cars are slowing down to look at it. also, the right lane is blocked as you make your way past prince william parkway. let's head over to the beltway, outer loop at the dulles toll road. have report of a disabled vehicle in that area. your volume is light and should
be fine. i'm back in ten with another look at traffic. aaron and eun, back over to you. today you can offer your thoughts on the plan to raise rates on the dulles toll road. the airport authority is holding a public hearing to discuss its proposal. it wants to raise rates from $2.25 to $2.75 next year. rates would increase at 75 cents in 2014 and an additional dollar every year after that. it would pay for construction for metro's silver line and fix up the dulles toll road. if you've taken i-66 lately and wondered what the heck those new red lanes are all about, you're not alone. many drivers are baffled by the odd colored lanes just outside the beltway. you can see them there. vdot says the color is designed to draw attention to the lanes, which you can only use during certain hours. a sign with a green arrow or red "x" indicates when you can and cannot use the lanes. vdot says it hopes the color roadway makes the lanes even
clearer. >> that new color is there solely to let drivers know this is the special lane that those green arrows and the red x's are referring to. >> vdot has begun reinforcing hov lanes on i-66 as well. it's painted a double line to discourage drivers from switching in and out of the lanes whenever they want. so what's more important, food or cell phone? looks like a lot of folks are saying your cell phone bill. couponcabin.com found out that 1 in 5 cell phone owners pay more per month on their phone than an groceries. nearly half of those surveyed pay $100 or more per month for cell phone service. and 30% pay more for cell phone service than they do for basic utilities. >> facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is speaking publicly for the first time since the initial public offering. he appeared at a technology conference in san francisco yesterday.
and the facebook stock, which lost half its value since debuting in may is the topic. >> we're going to do the things that we think are going to build value over the long term. over the next three to five years, i think the biggest question that is on everyone's minds, that will determine our performance at least over that period, is really going to determine how well we do with mobile. >> zuckerberg did admit the tanking stock price has not helped employee morale, but he says this is a good time to work for the company. retailers could see some cheer this holiday season. shopper track, which monitors thousands of stores nationwide, expects sales to rise 3.3% during november and december. the firm also expects the first increase in holiday foot traffic since 2007.
guys, shopper track says this year shoppers seem a bit more relaxes about walking around and seeing what's on store shelves, giving retailers the opportunity to ring up more sales. sounds a little dangerous to me. back to you. >> i'm with you on that. a trail blazing army veteran is celebrating a milestone. >> alice dixon celebrated her 105th birthday yesterday. she deployed to europe during world war ii as part of an army battalion known as 6888. it was the only battalion comprised of all african-women. they delivered millions of pieces of mail to soldiers fighting in europe. the veterans administration honored miss dixon. she told us about the secret to her longevity. we want to say happy birthday, congratulations, and thank you for your service. 5:57 is the time. a big announcement expected from